No one knew it was going to be that bad. World War II killed some 60 million people--20 million of them soldiers--and inflicted wounds, bereavement, poverty and suffering on countless others.
But such destruction was an impossible to imagine in advance as it was for young pilots-in-training to imagine their coming fiery deaths; or for Jews to foresee their last moments in the gas chambers; or for parents to imagine their children killed by the mortars and bullets and other munitions that factories churned out in such enormous quantities. As impossible, perhaps, as it is for us to imagine a disaster of similar scale in our future.
The War presents an unforgettable mosaic of memoirs from soldiers, citizens and historians, detailing the immense tragedy that stretched from the Western Front to the Pacific Theater.
Clint Willis has been a climber and an armchair mountaineer since he was ten years old. His writing about technology, finance and the outdoors has appeared in more than 100 publications, including Men's Journal, Outside, Rock & Ice and The New York Times, and he is a contributing editor of Forbes ASAP and Worth magazines. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Barrett Whitener has been featured in a variety of instructional and entertainment programs. His recordings have received numerous awards, and he was cited as a "Voice of the Century" in Audiofile Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Colleen Delany has narrated numerous bestselling audiobooks. An accomplished stage and television actress, she has appeared in "Homicide: Life On The Streets," as well as on the highly successful CD Rom game "Wheel of Time."
Grover Gardner has recorded over 500 audiobooks, and was named one of Audiofile Magazine's Golden Voices. He is a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Resident Director at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore and has received 5 Helen Hayes Award nominations for his work.
Terence Aselford has narrated over 150 audiobooks. His acting career has included regional theatre roles ranging from Shakespeare to Neil Simon, on camera work in NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries", national television commercials, industrial videos and voice-overs.
"War with all its warts comes at you from different perspectives in these eight pieces by writers who were there. Barrett Whitener's delivery puts you at Omaha Beach as troops are gunned down and drowned in the piece by Cornelius Ryan. A D-day parachute drop behind German lines is recreated in the scared but determined voice of Terence Aselford. Grover Gardner gives William Manchester's memory of killing a lone Japanese soldier almost reverential treatment. Colleen Delany reads The Escape of Mrs. Jeffries by Janet Flanner with the patience and stoicism required for a seven-month flight from Nazi-occupied Europe. The short report of a young German prisoner, made realistic and horrific in Gardner's heavily accented English, ends this satisfying collection."
The War: Stories of Life and Death From World War II
Author: William Manchester, Paul Fussell, Cornelius Ryan, James J. Fahey, A.J. Liebling, Janet Flanner, David Kenyon Webster, Lewis H. Carlson
Narrator: Grover Gardner, Barrett Whitener, Terrence Aselford, Colleen Delany
Item No: LL285
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